FFAR - Integrated cattle and crop production project

FFAR - Integrated cattle and crop production project

cattle feeding in a field

FFAR LogoIn 2017 the Foundation for Food and Agricultural Research awarded $1 Million Grant to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln for a 5 year project on Enhancing Animal Protein Production through Crops and Cattle.

The aim of this project is to increase the efficiency of land use by increasing the amount of food produced per acre by incorporating beef cattle onto cropping systems while improving ecosystem services to ensure resiliency and sustainability.

This grant is in concert with on-going work by the Beef Systems Initiative, a statewide research and extension effort to optimize Nebraska beef production in an economically and environmentally sustainable manner.

Updates and Activities

Upcoming event: Reducing cow feed costs using cropland
Three State Beef Conference. In a joint effort, Nebraska, Missouri and Iowa Extension are hosting a three meetings to address opportunities to use forage from cropland for early spring, winter and fall forage. The registration fee is $25 per person. It includes a meal and a copy of the conference proceedings.


Filling in the gaps: using annual forages to meet late fall and early spring forage needs —Dr. Mary Drewnoski, Beef Systems Specialist, University of Nebraska

Opportunities and management of corn residue for beef cattle - Kristen Ulmer, Beef Systems Educator, University of Nebraska

Silage as the primary winter feed for beef cows - Dr. Eric Bailey, State Beef Nutritionist, University of Missouri Extension 

Times: 5:30 to 9:00pm 
January 15, 2019: Warren Cultural Center, 154 Public Square, Greenfield, Iowa, 50849
January 16, 2019: Andrew County Youth Building, 201 S Banyon, Savannah, Missouri, 64485
January 17, 2019: Otoe County Fair Center, 197 Plum St, Syracuse, Nebraska 

Pre-registrations are appreciated by Friday, January 11, 2019.

To register call or email
Greenfield, Iowa: Kathy Rohrig 641-743-8412 / krohrig@iastate.edu  
Savannah, Missouri: Jim Humphrey 816-324-3147 / humphreyjr@missouri.edu
Syracuse, Nebraska: Kristen Ulmer 402-269-2301 / kristen.ulmer@unl.edu

Past Event: A field day was held in April 2018 to showcase the research being conducted at the Eastern Nebraska Research and Extension Center (ENREC) on integrated cattle and cropping systems. For more information, you can read the proceedings.

On-Farm Research and Demonstration: Winter hardy small cereals like cereal rye can be planted after soybeans to provide early spring forage. Research was conducted at Knuth Farms to evaluate the impacts of planting and grazing cereal rye on subsequent corn yields.  The result of this research was reported on p 30-31 of the 2017 Nebraska Extension On-Farm Research report.

New Article

Interested in using rye or triticale cover crops for spring grazing? Check out the article "Cereals Provide Spring Grazing Option" in the 2018 Hay and Forage Grower magazine written by Mary Drewnoski, Beef Systems Specialist.